Adam Bruce Thomson: The Quiet Path


Author: Dr Helen E. Scott

  • First in-depth publication to explore the life and art of Adam Bruce Thomson
  • New research draws on previously unseen archival material in private collections
  • Generously illustrated with artworks spanning Thomson’s long and varied career
  • Accompanies a major retrospective exhibition at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh

270 x 210mm / 80pp
ISBN: 9781915670144

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Publication May 2024
Pre-orders placed will be despatched w/c 6 May 2024

Adam Bruce Thomson (1885-1976) was one of the most quietly impactful artists of his generation. Born in Edinburgh, he was among the earliest intake of students to train at the newly established Edinburgh College of Art. He went on to have a long-running teaching career at the College, supporting and encouraging successive cohorts. In his own practice, Thomson worked across a range of media, producing etchings, drawings, watercolours and oil paintings. A committed member of several artist-led societies, he exhibited widely and was well-respected by his peers. To date, however, his contribution to twentieth-century Scottish art remains largely unexplored.

Adam Bruce Thomson: The Quiet Path celebrates the achievements of this talented yet modest figure. It provides an in-depth account of his life and career, charting his creative development and examining his role as a teacher, mentor and friend to other artists. The book is fully illustrated, and draws from previously unseen archival material. It accompanies a major exhibition at Edinburgh’s City Art Centre in 2024.


Dr Helen E. Scott is Curator of Fine Art at the City Art Centre in Edinburgh. Since 2013 she has been responsible for developing the City of Edinburgh Council’s collection of Scottish art, as well as researching and curating temporary exhibitions. She specialises in Scottish art of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Previously, she worked as Collections Manager of the Wilhelmina Barns-Graham Trust. She holds a degree in Art History from the University of St Andrews, and completed her PhD there in 2009. She has written for a variety of art historical books and journals, and is author of the monographs Edwin G. Lucas: An Individual Eye (2018) and Mary Cameron: Life in Paint (2019).